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26Jan
2021

Treating Mom's Postpartum Depression Could Help Baby's Brain, Too

Treating Mom`s Postpartum Depression Could Help Baby`s Brain, Too TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Talk therapy for new mothers with postpartum depression may also benefit their babies' brains, Canadian researchers say. "We found that after their moms were treated that their infant's brain activity normalized to the levels seen in our healthy infants," said study co-author Ryan Van Lieshout, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.The study included 40 infants of women with postpartum depression and 40 infants of non-depressed mothers. The mothers with postpartum depression received nine weeks of group cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of therapy aims to help patients change destructive thought patterns.Their infants were assessed before therapy began and nine weeks...

Women More Prone to Nighttime Cardiac Arrest Than Men

25 January 2021
Women More Prone to Nighttime Cardiac Arrest Than Men MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Going into cardiac arrest at night can be particularly deadly, and now new research suggests that it might strike women more than men.Sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction that causes the heart to stop beating. The survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is only 10%, the researchers said."Dying suddenly during nighttime hours is a perplexing and devastating phenomenon," said senior study author Dr. Sumeet Chugh. He is director of the Center for Cardiac Arrest Prevention at Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute, in Los Angeles. "We were surprised to discover that being female is an independent predictor of these events," Chugh said.Between 17% and 41% of the estimated 350,000 sudden cardiac arrests in the United States each...

How Smoking Could Help Spur Breast Cancer's Spread

25 January 2021
How Smoking Could Help Spur Breast Cancer`s SpreadMONDAY, Jan. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Here's one reason why past or current smoking may handicap you if you are battling breast cancer: New research suggests that nicotine promotes the spread of the disease to your lungs.Smoking is known to increase the risk that breast cancer will spread, which lowers the survival rate by one-third at diagnosis. But the role of nicotine in the spread of breast cancer to the lungs has been less clear.To learn more, researchers studied almost 1,100 breast cancer patients. They found that current smokers and former smokers had higher rates of breast cancer spread to the lungs than those who never smoked.In studies of mice, researchers found that nicotine fosters that spread. And this was true even after no exposure to nicotine for 30 days.That...

Child Car Seat Safety Tip: Skip Puffy Winter Coats

23 January 2021
Child Car Seat Safety Tip: Skip Puffy Winter CoatsSATURDAY, Jan. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Puffy coats have their place, but it's not inside a car seat.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a variety of tips for keeping your little ones safe and warm while traveling by car.The first is to avoid dressing children in puffy coats or snowsuits before buckling them in, because car seat straps won't tighten enough. That creates a danger that the fluffy padding will flatten in the force of a crash and the youngster will slip from the seat and be thrown from the car. Puffy coats are not safe in a car seat or under a seat belt for someone of any age, the AAP said."Parents may not recognize the potential danger of buckling up a child who is wearing a puffy coat," said Dr. Sarah Denny, a pediatrician with expertise in injury...

More Than 200,000 Americans Have Lupus

21 January 2021
More Than 200,000 Americans Have LupusTHURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Just over 200,000 Americans have the autoimmune disorder lupus, and minority women are at highest risk, according to a new study.It's the first estimate of how widespread the disease is in the United States. The number comes close to reclassifying lupus as a rare disease, defined as an illness affecting 200,000 Americans or fewer, the researchers said."Our study potentially redefines systemic lupus erythematosus as a rare disease in the United States and lays the groundwork for where we need to focus our efforts to reduce the burden of this disease on Americans," lead investigator Dr. Peter Izmirly said in a news release from NYU Langone Health in New York City. He's a rheumatologist and associate professor of medicine at the health system.In...
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